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Yardman fatally injured after struck-by beam.

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 01AK005, 2002 May; :1-6
A 34-year-old yardman was killed when he was struck-by a beam. At the time of the incident, the yardman (the victim) was working alone. He was standing on the ground next to a tiered rack used to hold build and construction materials. He had begun to cut several bands holding a bundle of laminated beams located on a rack approximately two feet above his head. As he cut the last band, three beams fell, of which one struck the top of his head. Two co-workers working nearby heard the beams strike the ground. They found the victim on the ground, but due to his massive head injuries, they did not start CPR. They went to the office and called 911. The victim was declared dead at the scene. Based on the findings of the investigation, to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure workers are capable of recognizing and avoiding hazardous situations and develop and implement a warehouse/yard training program that includes, but is not limited to, loading/unloading procedures; 2. Ensure that warehousemen and yardmen follow prescribed work practices for loading and unloading shipments and enforce a comprehensive safety program; 3. Ensure that all incoming freight is stored and supported properly.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-10; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Training; Warehousing; Safety-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Construction-materials
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-01AK005; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-007089
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division